Review: Maldron Hotel Galway, Oranmore – A Great Family-Friendly base in Galway #gifted


We’re just back from a visit to the Maldron Hotel Galway. The visit was #gifted, but not in the usual way – I saw a deal online, booked it, shared it (not saying I’d booked) and the hotel contacted me later to offer a stay to me. So in short, I chose it before it was offered. 

Why we chose the Maldron Hotel Galway for our family summer break in Galway

Before we book anything I always agonise over the options and weigh up the reasons for different hotels. Here’s what made us book the Maldron Hotel Galway for our family summer break in Galway

  • Location – it’s just outside Oranmore, we didn’t want to stay in the city centre with the kids so this suited perfectly
  • Family Rooms that sleep 2 + 4. Our family is  are 2+3 but I booked a 2+4 room at a small additional cost to have extra space, it really paid off, the kids had a bed each which can be a rarity in family rooms 
  • Pool. The kids love a hotel with a pool

What we loved about the hotel:

  • The room was really spacious, often extra beds means no floor space but that wasn’t the case here 
  • The hotel is really taking covid compliance seriously (eg one person/party in lift, pool booking, sanitising, no housekeeping service unless requested and bags must be closed, masks on around hotel)
  • You can book the games room privately for your family and it’s air-conditioned. Staying during a heatwave we loved the AC
  • The Guest services online platform to book meals, pool etc was really handy
  • The staff were really helpful and accommodating – they chatted and even suggested mocktails for the kids one night which went down really well
  • The food – we ate dinner in the hotel restaurant a second night that wasn’t part of our package as it was so good (try the wings, and the goats cheese starter)

What we did:

We’ve stayed in Galway and   as a family previously so have been to the major sights like Salthill and the Aquarium.

  • We visited Glengowla Mines in Oughterard – 45 minute drive
  • We went to Galway City Centre and walked around Eyre Square, Shop St and through the Spanish Arch. There’s a small playground in Eyre Square but it was busy when we were there 
  • We visited the Aran Islands from Doolin (About 1 hour drive to the ferry, whole other blogpost coming on it. You can also go from Rosaveel on far side of Galway City) 
  • Other recommended activities in the area include Wildlands Galway in Moycullen, a walk along the prom in Saltill,  Turoe Pet Farm, Brigits Garden near Oughterard, river-cruising on Corrib Princess 


The hotel is a great option for families visiting Galway. The rooms are spacious, the facilities include pool, gym, playground and games room; the staff are helpful and children (and their parents) are made to feel very welcome.


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